style="font-family: tahoma;">The Siren

style="font-family: tahoma;">By
Perryc




In Greek mythology, the Sirens were creatures that, through the
irresistible charm of their song, enchanted and lured the unsuspecting
to their deaths. In DDO, the Siren is a practitioner of the arcane arts
that specializes in enchantments. She is either a bard or rogue turned
sorcerer that is exceptionally gifted at crowd control and can use
almost any wand, scroll, or item. She can also talk her way out of most
trouble and can beguile even the toughest NPCs. In combat, the Siren
can use her abilities to thwart the enemy and allow her companions to
deliver the killing blow or reach out and deliver it herself in
necessary.



The primary consideration for this build is to maximize the
effectiveness of the Siren's enchantment and other href="http://ddo.tentonhammer.com/index.php?module=ContentExpress&func=display&ceid=221">crowd
control
spells. In practical terms, this means increasing the Siren's spell
difficulty class (DC) and spell penetration (SP) ability as much as
possible. At 14th level, this build will have a Spell DC of 20 (26
using Heighten Spell) and a SP of 21. The next consideration is
maximizing the Siren's UMD score. By 14th level, her base score will be
28 with the potential to exceed 40 with buffs and normal gear.



Even given the option of a 32-point build, the Drow is clearly the best
racial choice with the racial bonuses, especially to Charisma. 
With normal gear, the Siren will have between 1100 (Rogue) and 1300
(Bard) spell points at level 12.  With Mithril Breastplate (really
not that uncommon anymore if you watch the auctions) a Mithril shield,
and the href="http://ddo.tentonhammer.com/index.php?module=ContentExpress&func=display&ceid=455">Elven
Arcane Fluidity enchantment, the Siren can achieve an AC
in the mid-30's.  Additionally, a Siren can achieve an buffed UMD
score of 40 or higher (when was the last time you saw a Sorcerer
resurrect a fallen companion or cast blade barrier?)



Notes:

The following are the benefits of not using a pure Sorcerer build:

  • Light armor
    and shield proficiencies (what squishy wants to get close enough to a
    Flesh Render with a 16 AC to cast Otto's Resistible Dance?)
  • 16 (Bard) or
    24 (Rogue) additional skill points
  • Use Magical
    Device as a class skill (Bard and Rogue)
  • Cure Light
    Wounds spell and Cure Wands proficiency (Bard)
  • A net +3 to
    the Reflex (Bard and Rogue) and +2 to Will (Bard) saves
  • 4 additional
    hit points (hey, that's a whole level's worth for a Sorcerer!)
  • Inspire
    Courage and Fascinate songs (Bard) or the Evasion feat (Rogue)

Based on in-game
experience and player feedback, more emphasis has been placed on spell
penetration and enlarged spells than the original build.


style="font-family: tahoma;">
style="font-family: tahoma; font-weight: bold;">Starting
abilities:

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style="font-family: tahoma;">Drow (28 pt) style="font-family: tahoma;">Drow (with
Bonuses)
style="font-family: tahoma;">Str 8

style="font-family: tahoma;">Str 8

style="font-family: tahoma;">Dex 10

style="font-family: tahoma;"> Dex
10
style="font-family: tahoma;">Con 12 style="font-family: tahoma;">Con
12
style="font-family: tahoma;">Int 14 style="font-family: tahoma;">Int
14
style="font-family: tahoma;">Wis 10 style="font-family: tahoma;">Wis
10

style="font-family: tahoma;">Cha 20

style="font-family: tahoma;">Cha 26

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(Below information based upon 28
point build, level 14)



Hit Points: 92



Armor Class: 10 + Items/spells



Saving Throws:

Fortitude: +5

Reflex: +6

Will: +10



Class/Race Features:

+2 Dexterity, +2 Intelligence, +2 Charisma, -2 Constitution.

+2 to their Listen, Spot, and Search skills.

SR 11 at Level

+2 to their saving throws against enchantments

Immunity to magical Sleep effects.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Rapier, shortsword, and shuriken.

Bardic Music (Fascinate, Inspire Courage)



Feats : Skill Focus: Use
Magical Device, Spell Penetration,
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Notes on Feats:
style="font-family: tahoma;"> There are a lot of
feats that would benefit the Siren. Mental Toughness and Improved
Mental Toughness are the first that come to mind. Given the limited
number of feats that a Sorcerer is allowed, there is simply no room for
many of them.




Skills:

Bluff +21

Concentration +15

Use Magical Device +28

Haggle +12

Jump +3

Perform +11

Tumble +4



Note:  With only one level of bard, the ability to use the Bard's
fascinate song is limited to once per rest. This can, however, be a
very powerful tool when used at keys points in a quest. One of the
enchantments below can be substituted with the Extra Song enchantment
song to get a second song and a second level of Bard adds a third song.



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style="border: 2px solid ; width: 250px; height: 188px;" align="right">Enhancements
:

Drow Enchantment Resistance 2

Energy of the Dragonblooded 4

Elven Arcane Fluidity 1

Improved Heightening 3

Improved Spell Penetration 3

Skill: Sorcer's Bluff 2

Skill: Sorcer's Concentration 2

Sorcerer's Charisma 3

Spell Penetration 3





Spells (in the order selected):

(DC 15 + spell level)

Spell Points: 1150 (
style="font-family: tahoma;">50 style="font-family: tahoma;"> (Bard)  + size="-1">720( size="-1">Sorcerer)  + 230
(Ability Score) + 150 (Enhancements))



Bard:

Level 1: Cure Light Wounds (or Remove Fear)



Sorcerer:

Level 1: Magic Missile, Hypnotism, Charm Person, Jump.

Level 2: Web, Otto's Resistible Dance, Command Undead, Hypnotic Pattern.

Level 3: Hold Person, Halt Undead, Haste, Suggestion.

Level 4: Phantasmal Killer, Firewall, Charm Monster, Crushing Despair.

Level 5: Hold Monster, Cloudkill, Dominate Person

Level 6: Flesh to Stone, Symbol of Persuasion style="font-weight: bold;">




style="font-family: tahoma;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Detailed progression by level:
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Level 1

Class: Bard

Skills: Bluff +4, Concentration +4, Haggle +4, Jump +4, Tumble +4, Use
Magical Device +4, Perform +3, others by preference.

Feat: Skill Focus, Use Magical Device

Enhancements: Enchantment Resistance 1



Level 2

Class: Sorcerer

Skills: Bluff +1, Concentration +1, Use Magical Device +1

Enhancements: Energy of the Dragonblooded 1, Skill Sorcerer's
Concentration 1, Skill: Sorcerer's Bluff 1, Drow Spell Resistance 1



Level 3

Class: Sorcerer

Skills: Use Magical Device +1, others by preference.

Feat: Spell Penetration

Enhancements: Sorcerer's Charisma 1, Elven Arcane Fluidity 1



Level 4

Class: Sorcerer

Ability: Charisma +1

Skills: Bluff +1, Concentration +2, Use Magical Device +1



Level 5

Class: Sorcerer

Skills: Bluff +1, Concentration +1, Use Magical Device +1

Enhancements: Skill: Improved Heightening 1, Sorcerer's Concentration
2, Skill: Sorcerer's Bluff 2



Level 6

Class: Sorcerer

Skills: Use Magical Device +1, others by preference.

Feat: Greater Spell Penetration

Enhancements: Energy of Dragonblooded 2,  Improved Spell
Penetration 1, Drow Spell Resistance 2



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style="border: 2px solid ; width: 250px; height: 188px;" align="right">Level
7


Class: Sorcerer

Skills: Bluff +1, Concentration +1, Use Magical Device +1

Enhancements: Sorcerer's Charisma 2, Improved Heightening 2



Level
8


Class: Sorcerer

Ability: Charisma +1

Skills: Bluff +1, Concentration +1, Use Magical Device +1



Level 9

Class: Sorcerer

Skills: Use Magical Device +1, others by preference.

Feat: Heighten Spell



Level 10

Class: Sorcerer

Skills: Bluff +1, Concentration +1, Use Magical Device +1

Enhancements: Improved Spell Penetration 2, Energy of Dragonblooded 2



Level 11

Class: Sorcerer

Skills: Bluff +1, Concentration +1, Use Magical Device +1

Enhancements: Improved Heightening 3



Level 12

Class: Sorcerer

Ability: Charisma +1

Skills: Use Magical Device +1, others by preference.

Feat: Greater Spell Penetration

Enhancements: Sorcerer's Charisma 3



Level 13

Class: Sorcerer

Skills: Use Magical Device +1, others by preference.

Enhancements: Improved Spell Penetration 3



Level 14

Class: Sorcerer

Skills: Use Magical Device +1, others by preference.

Enhancements: Energy of Dragonblooded 4




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